Turkey and Stuffing Tips

Any dressing can be used to stuff a turkey. For food safety reasons, review these pointers before cooking your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

  • Use egg substitute in place of eggs for dressing that is stuffed into the turkey.
  • Stuff the turkey just before baking—not beforehand. Loosely spoon the stuffing into the neck and body cavities to allow for expansion as it cooks.
  • To be sure the stuffing is done, a meat thermometer at the center of the stuffing inside the bird should reach 165°.
  • Always remove all of the stuffing before carving the bird. Never leave stuffing in cooked turkey when storing in the refrigerator.
  • Don't let cooked turkey and stuffing stand at room temperature longer than 2 hours.